Friday, October 30, 2009

Esotouric to offer Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour

Esotouric's Pasadena Confidential Crime Bus Tour Explores the Crown City's Dark Side

WHAT: Esotouric presents the Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour with Crimebo the Clown

WHEN: Saturday December 5 8, 12pm-4pm

COST: $58, which includes coffee and cookies

WHERE: Departs from Fair Oaks and Arlington Street, South Pasadena.

On December 5, Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose offbeat tours expose L.A.'s secret history, offers its popular, occasional Pasadena Confidential tour, a true crime bus adventure delving deep into the weird and horrible past of one of L.A.'s most exclusive suburbs.

Tour guide Kim Cooper says, "I believe every neighborhood gets the crimes it deserves, and Pasadena's dark side is suitably rife with rocket scientists driven mad by their work, wealthy eccentrics spoiling their pet chimps and bears, seemingly respectable families misbehaving behind tall hedges and a general air of genteel psychic decay."

Making a special appearance on this tour: fresh from his star turn as co-Grand Marshall with Dr. Demento at the O.C. Marketplace Halloween Hearse Show, it's Crimebo the Crime Clown capering as only Crimebo can.

Crime fiends will enjoy a four-hour guided luxury bus tour to the darkest recesses of Pasadena history, with vintage photos and film clips show to set the scene. From celebrated cases like the RFK assassination, "Eraserhead" star Jack Nance's strange end, black magician/rocket scientist Jack Parsons'death-by-misadventure and the 1926 Rose Parade grand stand collapse, to fascinating obscurities, the tour's multitude of murders, arsons, kidnappings, robberies, suicides, auto wrecks and oddball happenings provide an alternate history of Pasadena that's as fascinating as it is creepy.

Crime Bus passengers will tour the old Millionaire's Row on Orange Grove, boggle at the shocking Sphinx Murder on the steps of the downtown Masonic Hall, thrill to the misadventures of one very poorly-behaved (but beautifully dressed!) chimpanzee and discover why people named Judd should think twice before moving to Pasadena. They'll also enjoy the offbeat charms of Crimebo the Crime Clown as he leads passengers out onto Suicide Bridge for a personal look down into the gorge that tempted dozens of tormented souls to their demise.

Riders on this eye-opening, funny and informative tour will forever see Pasadena in a new light. It is highly recommended for natives and newcomers alike, crime and history buffs and anyone who likes to seek out the unexpected.

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and event schedule
Sat Oct 31 ­ Maja's Mysteries spiritual L.A. tour (debut)
Sun Nov 1 ­ East Side Babylon crime bus tour (debut)
Sat Nov 7 - Charles Bukowski's LA
Thurs Nov 12 ­ Downtown LA Art Walk w/ FREE Salons & walking tours
Sat Nov 14 - The Real Black Dahlia
Sat December 5 ­ Pasadena Confidential with Crimebo the Clown
Thurs Dec 10 - Downtown LA Art Walk w/ FREE Salons & walking tours
Sat December 12 ­ Blood & Dumplings
Sat January 9 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Thurs Jan 14 - Downtown LA Art Walk w/ FREE Salons & walking tours
Sat January 16 - Wild Wild West Side
Sat January 30 - East Side Babylon crime bus tour
Sun Feb 7 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: South LA
Thurs Feb 11 - Downtown LA Art Walk w/ FREE Salons & walking tours
Sat Feb 13 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66
Sat Feb 20 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The New Chinatowns
Sat Feb 27 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown-The Secret History of LA
Sat March 6 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Thurs March 11 - Downtown LA Art Walk w/ FREE Salons & walking tours
Sat March 13 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

For more info on Esotouric, visit

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